US President Donald Trump will seek to revoke California’s measure that regulates greenhouse emission and its mandate to push for the selling of electric cars, a report read.
The proposal, Bloomberg said, “amounts to a frontal assault on one of former President Barack Obama’s signature regulatory programs to curb emissions that contribute to climate change.”
Trump is expected to lodge the proposal this week.
“The proposed revamp would also put the brakes on federal rules to boost fuel efficiency into the next decade, said the people, who asked to not be identified discussing the proposals before they are public. Instead it would cap federal fuel economy requirements at the 2020 level, which under federal law must be at least a 35-mile-per-gallon fleet average, rather than letting them rise to roughly 50 mpg by 2025 as envisioned in the Obama plan, according to the people,” a report read.
Part of this effort is the revocation of the Clean Air Act of 1970, which “resulted in a major shift in the federal government’s role in air pollution control” and “authorized the development of comprehensive federal and state regulations to limit emissions from both stationary (industrial) sources and mobile sources.”
California, under its 2009 waiver, has allowed it to implement a more stringent rule than the federal government as far as greenhouse emissions are concerned.
A report said the number of smog alerts “has dropped steadily for decades all over California, largely because of the waivers.”
“While there is some disbelief in high quarters over climate change and the effects of man-made greenhouse gases, no one doubts what smog can do to human lungs. On any warm day in places like the San Joaquin, San Fernando and Santa Clara valleys, it’s hard to miss the brown taint smog often gives the air,” the Daily News said in a 2017 report.
“When we hear you say ‘review,’” Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts said back in 2017 on Trump’s reported proposal to review California’s waiver, “I hear ‘undo the rights of the states.’”